27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  13 h
1
Zurich
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Zermatt
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Interlaken
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Geneva
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Calgary

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Titlis (in Engelberg) and Lucerne (Markuskirche, Lake Lucerne, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich online itinerary builder .

Calgary, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET) is 8 hours. Traveling from Calgary in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Zurich, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Titlis, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Get out of town with these interesting Appenzell side-trips: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Heiden (Kirchturm Heiden & Witzweg) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). There's still lots to do: stroll through Eggen-Hohenweg, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, and get outside with Seealpsee.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. May in Appenzell sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Heiden, Landsgemeindeplatz, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Eggen-Hohenweg
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Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, tour along fresh powder with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and get great views at Gornergrat.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Aletsch Glacier
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

5
nights
Interlaken

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Bern (Rose Garden (Rosengarten), Aare River, &more) and Grindelwald (Bachalpsee Lake & Grindelwald-First). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Interlaken online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Bern, Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle, Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

5
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Fork (in Vevey), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Orchidarium (in Prangins). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Chaplin's World, take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, and make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Geneva journey planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Montreux, The Fork, Chaplin's World, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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